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Ticketmaster Files $10M Suit Against Firm That Used “Bots” To Scalp Thousands Of “Hamilton” Tickets

first_imgNew Yorkers–and countless people outside the Big Apple–know that the absolute toughest tickets in town, on literally any given night, are the tickets to smash historical Broadway hip-hop homage Hamilton. There are roughly 1,300 seats in the Richard Rodgers Theatre (where Hamilton is staged) and the show is performed 8 times a week, and yet the waiting list for tickets from the box office remains at least a full year long. Of course, you could always head over to the secondary market to buy tickets…where prices for tomorrow evening’s performance currently range from ~$300 for single “cheap” seats to ~$3,000 for orchestra level tickets. It’s been that way every night since it debuted on Broadway in 2015.President Obama Signs National Law Banning The Use Of Ticket BotsLast week, corporate ticketing giant Ticketmaster filed a lawsuit against a large-scale scalper who allegedly used illegal technology to buy tens of thousands of tickets before selling the for extravagantly marked-up prices. The lawsuit, filed against Prestige Entertainment in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles seeks damages that a source familiar with the situation said is in excess of $10 million. According to the suit, Ticketmaster had been tracking Prestige Entertainment for the past two years. Prestige managed to use software “bots” to quickly purchase about 30,000 tickets to Hamilton often up to 40% of the entire amount of tickets available for a given performance, the suit says.Ticketmaster wound up canceling the purchases and putting the tickets back in the system so fans would have a better crack at them, a source with knowledge of the situation explained to the NY Daily News. The Daily News also reported that the accused, Prestige Entertainment, purchased the majority of Ticketmaster’s allotment of tickets to 2015’s blockbuster Floyd Mayweather–Manny Pacquiao fight. All told, Ticketmaster’s records show that from January 2015 through September 2016, Prestige and its associates made at least 313,528 orders using 9,047 different accounts.Ticketmaster had previously sent a cease and desist letter to Prestige Entertainment putting it on notice, but the ticket broker didn’t stop, the source said. The suit says Prestige and its associates “surreptitiously attempt to conceal their identities by using a variety of account names, email addresses, physical addresses, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, and credit cards.” In all, Prestige made tens of millions of dollars reselling tickets to live events, the majority of which were procured using illegal ticket bots.The suit says various individuals and companies who operate in the shadows and whose identifies are not yet publicly known assisted Prestige, and others by creating, marketing and providing bots designed to interact with Ticketmaster’s website and mobile app.“Ticketmaster has zero tolerance for bots and will continue to employ all available methods to stop their usage.”[h/t – NY Daily News]last_img read more

France to close its borders to arrivals from outside EU

first_imgPARIS (AP) — France says it’s closing its borders to people arriving from outside the European Union starting Sunday to try to stop the growing spread of new variants of the virus and avoid a third lockdown. French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the new measure Friday night after an emergency government health security meeting at the presidential palace, warning of a “great risk” from the new variants. All those arriving from other EU countries will be required to produce a negative virus test, he said.last_img read more

August Weather

first_imgHeavy rainfall across the western half of Georgia helped to keep daytime temperatures low, while nighttime temperatures were a little above normal throughout August. Wet conditions early in the month caused problems for farmers trying to do field work, but the precipitation was generally good for most crops. Some hay production was limited until the end of the month when a dry spell allowed many forage producers to make their last hay cutting of the year. Despite the high humidity and rainfall, disease pressure has been low, but it increased by the end of August. Some irrigation was needed for crops in the eastern half of the state where drier conditions prevailed, but most crops were in good condition at the close of the growing season.Given the low daytime temperatures and relatively high nighttime temperatures, average temperatures were near normal throughout the month. No temperature records were broken in August but Brunswick, Georgia, tied their daily high temperature of 97 degrees Fahrenheit on Aug. 9. This was last observed in 2011.Albany, Georgia, had a monthly average of 82.2 F, 0.2 of a degree above normal.Alma, Georgia, had a monthly average of 82.8 F, 1.5 degrees above normal.Athens, Georgia, had a monthly average of 78.9 F, 0.7 of a degree below normal.Atlanta had a monthly average of 79.7 F, 0.3 of a degree above normal.Augusta, Georgia, had a monthly average of 81.4 F, 0.9 of a degree above normal.Brunswick had a monthly average of 83.2 F, 1.4 degrees above normal.Columbus, Georgia, had a monthly average of 81.2, 0.7 of a degree below normal.Macon, Georgia, had a monthly average of 81.1 F, 0.2 of a degree above normal.Rome, Georgia, had a monthly average of 79.4 F, 0.7 of a degree above normal.Savannah, Georgia, had a monthly average of 82.2 F, 0.7 of a degree above normal.Valdosta, Georgia, had a monthly average of 81 F, 0.2 of a degree below normal.Two daily rainfall records were set in August 2018. On August 2, Atlanta received 2.26 inches of rain, surpassing the old record of 1.8 inches set in 1909. On August 29, Columbus received 2.41 inches, breaking the old record of 1.5 inches set in 1923.The highest monthly total precipitation recorded by the National Weather Service was 9.28 inches in Albany, 4.44 inches above normal. The lowest was in Macon with 1.63 inches, 2.47 inches below normal.Alma received 2.55 inches, 2.86 inches below normal.Atlanta received 7.59 inches, 3.69 inches above normal. Athens received 4.36 inches, 0.83 of an inch above normal.Augusta received 4.28 inches, 0.04 of an inch below normal.Brunswick received 2.03 inches, 4.24 inches below normal.Columbus, Georgia received 7.69 inches, 3.92 inches above normal. Rome, Georgia received 7.66 inches, 3.53 inches above normal.Savannah, Georgia received 3.14 inches, 3.42 inches below normal. Valdosta, Georgia received 7.12 inches, 1.78 inches above normal. The highest daily rainfall total from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network observers was 4.92 inches in Lincoln County on Aug. 1. This was followed by 4.16 inches measured near Sugar Valley, Georgia, in Gordon County on Aug. 2 and 4.13 inches recorded in Fort Valley, Georgia, in Peach County on Aug. 10. For the month, an observer east of Helen, Georgia, in Habersham County reported 11.28 inches, followed by 10.84 inches recorded east of Newnan, Georgia, in Coweta County and 10.65 inches received near Lake Park, Georgia, in Lowndes County.Two tornadoes were reported in August 2018 in Georgia. One was a brief EF1 tornado which caused damage near Social Circle, Georgia, in Walton County on Aug. 1; the other was an EF0 tornado in Jones County on Aug. 2, which caused damage in the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge. There were 16 days in which at least one report of high winds or hail was recorded. Damage from lightning was reported on four days and flash floods or heavy rain were reported on nine days. In spite of the significant lack of precipitation in eastern parts of the state, no drought or abnormally dry conditions were reported in Georgia in August 2018. The outlook for September shows that warmer and wetter conditions have a slightly increased chance of occurring. For the September through November period, climate predictions continue to lean toward near-normal temperatures based on a combination of the long-term rising temperature trend offset by cooling from the expected El Nino clouds and rain. Precipitation forecasts show an increased chance of above-normal rainfall this fall.For more information see Follow us at and Email [email protected] to share your weather and climate impacts on agriculture.last_img read more

Siemens Gamesa unveils 14MW offshore wind turbine, world’s largest

first_imgSiemens Gamesa unveils 14MW offshore wind turbine, world’s largest FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA, the Spanish wind turbine manufacturer, is to build what will be the world’s biggest windmill, by the thinnest of margins.The 14-megawatt machine with a rotor diameter of 222 meters (728 feet) will be just two meters bigger than General Electric Co’s own massive turbine. It’s another sign that size matters when it comes to the rapidly growing market for green power from offshore wind farms.Since GE debuted its own 12-megawatt Haliade-X turbine in March 2018, the machine has racked up numerous orders, including for the world’s biggest offshore wind farm that will be built off the coast of England, and cut into the business that’s been dominated by Siemens Gamesa and to a lesser extent by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S.The Siemens Gamesa turbine, which the company’s calling SG 14-222 DD, will be ready for a prototype in 2021 and commercially available in 2024. With the new machine cutting off GE’s claim on the world’s biggest windmill, Siemens Gamesa will be well positioned to solidify its position as the market leader.“My ambition and the ambition of Siemens Gamesa is to stay above 50% of world market share,” Andreas Nauen, chief executive officer of Siemens Gamesa’s offshore business, said by phone. “That requires winning at least half of all projects in the world, winning more than everyone else together.”The company is already in advanced talks with a number of potential customers for the first orders of the new machine, with announcements expected later this year, Nauen said.[Will Mathis]More: Battle over world’s biggest wind turbine is heating uplast_img read more

Colombian Government and FARC Demand to Accelerate Peace Talks

first_imgBy Dialogo January 16, 2013 The Colombian government and FARC guerrilla delegations demanded from each other to accelerate peace negotiations in order to put an end to the armed conflict taking place for almost 50 years. The talks were resumed on January 14 in Havana, Cuba, after a year-end recess. The FARC demanded “to accelerate the general agreement’s exhaustive and comprehensive analysis – thinking of the interests of the national majority – to put an end to the conflict, and build a stable and enduring peace,” the guerrilla delegation’s head Iván Márquez told the press. Márquez added that the FARC “demand Juan Manuel Santos’s government to stop the warlike rhetoric with false promises to solve social problems, and to commit in public to submit prompt, tangible solutions without demagoguery.” In the meantime, the head of the official government delegation, Humberto de la Calle, also demanded that the talks be accelerated in a recorded statement that was submitted to the press before the start of the talks in the Convention Palace in Havana. “We need to move forward in this particular case (…), we need to take a new rhythm, stepping forward. This urgency is only aimed at maintaining social support; society wants to see an efficient, worthy, agile, serious process,” he said. De la Calle also added that the talks, which started on November 19, 2012, are “in the phase of obtaining results that generate an agreement to put an end to the conflict.” “The government does not want to change the agenda,” but the FARC cannot use the proposals submitted by the Agrarian Forum to carry out “armed politics,” he stated. The Forum’s proposals are “to boost the (peace talk) process; participation is not to further the FARC’s political actions, to get involved in politics beforehand, because there cannot be armed politics in Colombia,” he added. Both parties must discuss the Forum’s results, where 546 proposals submitted by 1,314 citizens belonging to 522 national organizations were collected. “We are going to analyze the situation exhaustively and use this first point of the agenda as a means of discussion about what citizens and social and political organizations have told us,” Márquez indicated. The FARC made about 15 initiatives public to solve the agrarian problem, which was the first out of five points on the agenda for the peace talks that should conclude in November at the latest, according to the deadline set by President Santos. Some of the proposals were the eradication of “unproductive large plots” and “overcoming political, economic, social, and cultural conditions that generate structural violence,” “the transformation of rural relationships” and “eradicating hunger, inequality,” among others. The government declined to join a unilateral 60-day ceasefire declared by the guerrillas at the beginning of the talks, and which will end on January 20. This third round of the peace talks will last 11 days, De la Calle announced.last_img read more

Staying on top of SCRA compliance

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I’ve long advocated for the protections afforded by the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”). I think we can all agree that if there was ever a group that your credit union should bend over backwards for it would be the men and women serving in our armed forces. I’m also of the opinion that the SCRA is one of the easiest Federal laws to comply with.There are only two main provisions of the SCRA that your cooperative is responsible for. First, a servicemember may not be required to pay interest at a rate in excess of 6% on any obligation that is in existence at the time they enter active duty service. Second, your credit union is prohibited from foreclosing against a servicemember’s property during their term of active duty service and for a period of time following their return from active duty service.Let’s talk more about the prohibition on foreclosure provision. The original text of the SCRA provided for a prohibition period of 90 days following the servicemember’s return from active duty. This was extended to 9 months under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. In 2012, by way of the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act, this prohibition period was temporarily extended to one year.The temporary extension was set to expire on December 31, 2014 and revert back to the original 90 days under the SCRA. However, under the Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2014, the one year prohibition period was again temporarily extended until December 31, 2015. But this is where things get a bit murky… continue reading »last_img read more

CUNA board member brings ‘common-sense’ solutions to SBC

first_img continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr INOVA FCU CEO and CUNA board member Dallas Bergl will share common-sense proposals to help credit unions foster economic growth with the Senate Banking Committee Thursday, as he testifies before the Senate Banking Committee on behalf of CUNA. Bergl’s appearance before the committee is scheduled to begin at around 10 a.m. (ET) Thursday, and will be streamed live on the committee’s website.“My testimony presents commonsense proposals that will help responsible financial institutions, like credit unions and small banks, continue to serve their members and communities so they can grow and thrive,” reads Bergl’s testimony. “Regulatory changes that can be tailored to address the problem institutions in this country without punishing solid ones; and proactive steps that can be taken with credit unions’ regulator, the NCUA, to help foster the continued safety and soundness of the credit union system.”These proposals include principles from CUNA’s bipartisan, pro-consumer Campaign for Common-Sense Regulation.These include changes to mortgage lending, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, NCUA and housing finance reform, among others.last_img read more

Scaling smart, organizations strategic positioning of their partners

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carolyn Eagen Carolyn Eagen is an Account Executive with Sogeti USA, a Capgemini Group Company. Carolyn and Sogeti help clients identify a best practice approach to complex business challenges through advanced technology … Web: Details As technology plows through industries and undetected disruptors threaten to shake the foundation of many industries; the need for speed is more relevant than ever before. Many large organizations that seemed stable have  been dissolved or acquired over the past decade. Some progressive organizations in mature industries are taking a more proactive approach to their market growth through strategic partnerships. In my career of working with many industry leaders one of their top areas of focus is on Scale. Leveraging smart strategic partners is a fast way to scale, through combined efforts that allow for cohesive integrations and cultivate scalability. There are many layers of risk that can be mitigated through partnerships and play on each other’s core strengths. Organizations that put their stake in the sand and declare what they are best at delivering and what their core competencies are; can be best positioned to successfully identify the partners that collectively benefit both the organizations and the populations they serve. Two good examples of strategic partnerships are the recent partnership between John Henry, PSCU, and First Data; and/or the partnership between IBM and Hortonworks. Both partnership examples are strategic to scalability and their market position to focus on expanding their core business and continue to aggressively outgrow the competition.Resources: read more

Amazing reno: Check out this Highgate Hill hovel now!

first_imgThe bathroom was in need of a renovation. The young Brisbane couple had rented rundown, inner-city Queenslanders for many years before deciding they wanted one of their own.“We love Queenslanders and worker’s cottages, and we wanted something that hadn’t been touched too much,” Mr McCormack said.“Something with character and the original bones still there.” Ant McCormack and his partner, Melina Hobday, (baby Missy McCormack).Pic Annette DewPAINT was peeling off the walls, inside was cold and dingy and the bathroom was little more than a concrete bunker underneath the house.But that didn’t stop Ant McCormack and his architect partner, Melina Hobday, from living in the 1880s cottage known as the “Hove St hovel” for nearly five years before they renovated it.“It was liveable — but only just,” Mr McCormack said.“The bathroom was outside, under the house, and we had an umbrella parked at the back door for when it rained.“People would come to our house and be like; ‘where’s the bathroom?’” RELATED: Reno reveal: Paddington pad gets major makeover The back of the property after the renovation.They made every effort to ensure the character of the original house was retained and its appearance from the street maintained. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“We wanted to retain and respect the heritage of the cottage so we restored the original floors and VJ cladding,” he said.“We even retained the original chimney which was tough to do. “An 1880s worker’s cottage in Queensland with a double-height chimney — I think there’s only a handful left.” MORE: Architect’s Queensland masterpiece sold One of two new bathrooms in the home at 17 Hove St, Highgate Hill, after the renovation. Inside the front room of the house after the renovation.The smart design has created a 162sq m floorplan featuring three bedrooms, including a master with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, an open-plan living/dining and kitchen, a family bathroom, separate laundry, office/library, back terrace and front veranda. “It sounds cliche but most people so just say ‘wow’ when they walk through the front door and see this massive double-height glass door fully open,” Mr McCormack said.“It’s completely unexpected, as is the amount of space. “Better design makes the space bigger, not just having more square metreage. “Everything is exactly where it should be.” The bathroom in the home at 17 Hove St, Highgate Hill, before the renovation. Inside the front room of the house at 17 Hove St, Highgate Hill, before the renovation. The back of the house at 17 Hove St, Highgate Hill, before the renovation. One of the bedrooms in the house at 17 Hove St, Highgate Hill, before the renovation. Underneath the house after the renovation.The property is being marketed by Luke Croft of Ray White – South Brisbane and is scheduled for auction. Mr Croft said the property was a good example of what can be achieved with a small lot.“It ticks all the boxes of low maintenance living in a premium inner-city location,” he said. “I’ve worked in the area for 16 years and I’ve never sold anything like this.”RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 10 monthsTotal spend: Approx. $500,000End valuation: Going to auction, so cannot give a price guide The back of the property after the renovation.Hidden behind the worker’s cottage facade is a double-storey home with all the comforts and conveniences of modern life. “There’s nothing that didn’t get touched in some way,” Mr McCormack said.An extension was added to the back of the property to create an open-plan living space on the lower level, connecting a terrace and private garden. A double-height space over the kitchen and a large two-storey glass door allows natural light to fill the house.“It’s a small site so a lot of thought went into maximising the space and the important small details like off-street parking for our scooter out the front,” Mr McCormack said. The house at 17 Hove St, Highgate Hill, before the renovation. The property at 17 Hove St, Highgate Hill, after the renovation.That’s when they found 17 Hove Street in Highgate Hill.“When I first saw the house, I was not very sure at all because it was pretty rough,” Mr McCormack admitted.“The only thing that had ever really been done to it was a cheap, late ‘60s kitchen add-on.”“But we wanted something we could sink our teeth into, while at the same time respecting history and heritage, but also bring up to speed.” Looking from inside to the back of the house at 17 Hove St, Highgate Hill, before the renovation. The second bathroom in the property.Mr McCormack said living in it for several years gave them a feel for the place and how they wanted it.“We spent years designing it, literally sitting in the house and sketching,” he said.“The first thing we did was the garden, and then we worked around that.“We’re both gardeners and it was kind of just a nothing garden with some very strange plants, so over time we chipped away at that.”The couple also did some painting and other minor improvements themselves until it became necessary to move out and get a builder involved.“We planted some tropical birch trees so that they would become a nice focal point for the backyard, but that gave the builder quite a challenge to work around,” Mr McCormack said.“He wanted to drive an excavator over the top of them!” Underneath the house at 17 Hove St, Highgate Hill, before the renovation. The original fireplace in the home was retained during the renovation.“It’s our home, but we have to remember it’s just a house,” he said.Mr McCormack said they would miss having everything at their doorstep.The home is within walking distance of Brisbane State High School, St Laurence’s College, Somerville House, South Bank Parklands, GOMA and Mater Hospital. Inside the property after the renovation.Mr McCormack said they never considered raising the property and building underneath completely.“I’m not a fan of getting a worker’s cottage and putting it on stilts,” he said.A career opportunity in Melbourne means Mr McCormack and Ms Hobday are selling their dream home. The back of the property at 17 Hove St, Highgate Hill, before the renovation. One of the bedrooms after the renovation.“We both love the house and have lived in it for various stages for over 10 years, and we’ve kind of become attached to it emotionally,” Mr McCormack said.During the initial stages of the renovation, he found a number of interesting keepsakes that helped to piece together the property’s past, including the paint brush that had been used for its last paint job, a handmade ink well, bullet shell casings and newspaper clippings from 1920 stuck to the floorboards. Downstairs in the home at 17 Hove St, Highgate Hill, after the renovation. The original fireplace in the home at 17 Hove St, Highgate Hill, before the renovation.last_img read more

Australian Gov’t Cancels Funds for Newcastle Cruise Terminal

first_imgThe Australian government has withdrawn funding for the new cruise terminal project at the Port of Newcastle.“Infrastructure NSW has advised that the AUD 12.7 million funding for the cruise terminal project is no longer available,” the Port of Newcastle said in a statement.The funding for the new multipurpose cruise terminal in Newcastle Harbour was first announced back in 2016. The purpose of the facility was to enable a significant expansion of the cruise industry in the Hunter.Since then, the Port of Newcastle has been working on this project on behalf of the government on the basis of providing a facility that meets the cruise industry’s needs while remaining within the funding provided.“While disappointed construction of the terminal facility cannot proceed at this time, we respect that funding is no longer available,” the port added.The funding was in addition to the AUD 800,000 provided for the upgrade of mooring bollards for the facility at the existing Channel Berth near Dyke Point.“We’re pleased that AUD 800,000 of upgrades to mooring bollards, jointly funded by the NSW Government and the Australian Government, have enabled larger ships of up to 3,900 passengers to berth in Newcastle,” the port further said.last_img read more